Ricky Grevais had a second run as the host of the Golden Globes. The verdict for his hosting skills is out and it is a hung jury. As far as netizens opinions go he bordered on crossing the line quite a few times. Here we give you a quick round up of his attempts at getting a few laughs at the celebrities’ expense. Was he being too honest or too mean? Read ahead.
Robert Downey Jr’s reaction to the jokes may aptly represent a lot of thoughts in the room and outside. Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn't you? This was in response to Gervais saying that he was better known for his association to the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail. He even asked if his film titles were porn titles. A joke anyone...
The worst hit was the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). When introducing the President of HPFA and Philip Berk writing for Galaxy and Film Inc Australian, Grevais claimed that he had never heard of either outlet!! It seems the whole fraternity was in an ungrateful and unforgiving mood. HFPA is already in a soup in wake of allegations of corruption by one of their former employee.
Grevais targeted almost all the stars. He called Bruce Willis Ashton Kutchner’s dad!
The biggest gasps and groans came when he made references to two famous scientologist pretending to be hetrosexual as complete opposite to the situation in the Jim Carey movie, I Love You, Philip Morris. He added, My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke.
He took a dig at the aging Sex and the City stars with the comment: I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects team would go to the team that airbrushed that poster. Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you in an episode of Bonanza.
Steve Carell was also not spared when he came to present an award, Grevais called him ungrateful for leaving cash cow of a show.
The Golden Globes do not carry much weight in the lineup of awards that act as precursors to the Oscars. The HFPA has always been accused of being too partisan and susceptible to lobbying. The association itself is made up of 80 per cent freelancers with hardly any big time representatives of big foreign media houses. According to film reviewers and followers it is a night of marketing for the sponsors of the show, NBC and Dick Clark Productions with the high star quotient and HFPA goes home rich with the telecasting rights.